The symposium will mainly proceed in the form of each scientist presenting his work with a specific topic for 30 minutes. Seven guest speakers will participate in the symposium– three from Italy and four from Korea. The guest speakers will discuss global climate change from the perspectives of experts, and provide a snapshot of Korean and Italian perceptions toward how climate change is affecting each nation.
The Korea-Italy Symposium holds significance in that Korean and Italian scientists can jointly discuss a critical worldwide issue. Climate change is an environment challenge of the world and the most crucial issue for the world’s future. Furthermore, it is anticipated to be beneficial for building the foundations for bilateral cooperation on climate change and discovering new research topics.
The Korea-Italy Symposium will be held for the third time. It was initiated by a proposal of the Embassy of Italy in Seoul when professor Park Seon-ki (Environmental Engineering), the chairman of the symposium and the director of CCCPR and SSRC, was collaborating with one professor from University of Torino. The first Korea-Italy symposium was held at Ewha in 2007, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy Office of Science and Technology. The second symposium took place in the University of Torino in 2008. Ewha and its Italian counterpart have been taking turns hosting the symposium and this year was Ewha’s turn to hold one. “Since climate change is not a local issue, but a universal problem, extreme climate changes have emerged in not only Korea but also in Italy,” Park said. “Scientists from the two countries are expected to present their conducted research on climate change and see if there is any agenda that can be shared in common through the symposium.”
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